Local artist Solveig unveils her recent artworks in an upcoming portrait exhibition at the Empire Cafe in Mullum this week. Portraits include Tony Barry, Rebecca Ireland, Shanti Ananda, Dannidoo Butterfly and environmental campaigner Paul Brecht. Bringing together the colour of Mullum – from hilarity to empathy, Solveig has taken a year to create this body of work and subjects all agreed that she was definitely a pleasure to ‘sit’ for. ‘I love Solveig’s approach and the fact that she wanted to get under your skin, paint the less public you,’ said Mandy Nolan captured reading on the toilet.
Hooray for Bollywood
Find your chunkiest gold bracelets, your scarves and dust off that belly button for a Bollywood Party at South Golden Beach Hall. This family friendly fundraiser features a performance and a mini-workshop by The Bollywood Sisters and Classical Indian Dance by Prhlad.
For a night of Bollywood DJ and Bellydance be at the hall on Saturday from 5pm. $5 entry.
The Transparentsea Voyage is a marine and music based documentary screening at the Byron Community Centre this Sunday. The film highlights the efforts a group of athletes, musicians, celebrities and artists on a campaign aimed at focusing attention on coastal environmental issues. This is a behind the music look at activism voyaging from the southern migration of the California grey and blue whale from Santa Barbara to the US border in six tandem kayaks. Screening on Sunday from 6pm at the Byron Theatre. $20.
One of the most extraordinary films about Australia, Utopia, is an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning filmmaker and journalist John Pilger. The film explores the impact of a dominating white culture on the aborigines. Enjoy this Travelling Flicks screening at the Drill Hall on Saturday at 8pm.
Tickets: $15/$13 conc., Prebook: Mullum Bookshop.
Paradiso Poets are having a hip hop special this month. The night will feature local spoken word artists, singers and rappers including Rangimarie aka MC Ms Exotic, Sistagurl’s MC Muana and more. Open readers and rappers are welcome. It all starts at 7pm Wednesday at Pizza Paradiso, Suffolk Park, hosted by Vasudha Harte.
There’s nothing better than a laugh – and wannabe comedians all around the country are finding they have the bug. How do you know that you are funny? Is it enough that your friends think you’re hysterical? The only way you can find out is by getting up at an open mic night and seeing if you have what it takes to be a stand up comedian. The Byron Brewery hosts BellyLaugh @ the Brewery a monthly open mic night for stand ups who are trying new material, or taking their first tottering steps into the light! Hosted by Mandy Nolan, a seasoned pro who says ‘I’ve been doing this for 28 years and I still marvel at what these open mic comics come up with!’ 8pm on Thursday.
Starkers in Lismore
Lismore Theatre Company presents Starkers, an Adults Only performance, the inspiration for The Full Monty. This is a rollicking good ride and also full frontal male nudity. Don’t eat a sausage or rissoles before the show. It will spoil the act.
Tickets are $20/15 from Noah’s Arc Bookstore. Fridays and Saturdays from March 21 – April 5. See lismoretheatrecompany.org.au for times. Rochdale Theatre, Goonellabah.